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The Role of Behaviour Support Workers in SEN


In the world of education, the tireless efforts of Learning and Behaviour Support Workers are the unseen pillars providing fundamental assistance to students facing diverse challenges.


For those navigating the realm of Special Educational Needs (SEN), these professionals play an essential role in creating an environment that furthers growth and development.

Encouraging Learning Amidst Challenges


A Learning Support Worker is like a guiding hand, coordinating tailored learning activities that cater to the unique needs of SEN pupils. Meanwhile, Behaviour Support Workers come to the aid of those exhibiting challenging behaviours, steering them toward focus and concentration, vital for effective learning.


In this dynamic role, individuals find themselves supporting children and young adults, aged 3 to 19, dealing with moderate to severe learning difficulties and behavioural challenges. Collaboration with seasoned SEN staff forms the basis, ensuring an inclusive and progressive educational space for all pupils.



Key Skills that Make a Difference


Establishing success in this role demands a variety of skills. Experience in classroom settings, especially with SEN and Additional Learning Needs (ALN), sets the stage. The ability to provide thorough, individual attention and adapt to varying circumstances becomes the foundation. Handling sensitive issues with empathy and finesse is a crucial skill, nurturing trust and rapport.

A Day in the Life of a Behaviour Support Worker


  • Morning Preparation: Collaborate with teachers, prepare resources, and set up the classroom.  
  • Supportive Engagement: Assist students during lessons, manage behaviours, and intervene when needed.  
  • Relationship Building: Build trust with students, provide support, and implement behaviour plans.  
  • Break Time Supervision: Support students during breaks, encourage positive interactions, and ensure inclusivity.  
  • Individual Development: Conduct one-on-one sessions, help with behaviour management, and track progress.  
  • Documentation and Communication: Maintain records, communicate with team members, and report on student progress.  
  • End-of-Day Transition: Help students wind down and ensure continuity for the next day. 

Unlocking Potential through Varied Methods


The role calls for people who want a challenge that uses their knowledge, communication skills, and creativity. Utilising a varied array of resources, from innovative teaching tools to unwavering support, SEN Behaviour Support Workers craft pathways for pupils to understand information, promote motivation, and delve into lesson topics with enthusiasm.



Essential Responsibilities that Create Connections


Building trust and adapting to each student’s needs is at the heart of this job. Encouraging inclusivity, promoting good behaviour, and making a supportive environment are vital. Guiding students to take responsibility for their actions and promoting a culture of learning and acceptance are the main goals.

Qualifications: Beyond Formalities


Though formal qualifications aren’t required, having a background in Health and Social Care or related training can help. Some employers might ask for certificates like the Team Teach Certificate, a valid DBS check, or a driver’s license. These certifications provide important skills like de-escalation and restraint techniques, crucial for this job.


SEN Behaviour Support Workers are vital for creating an inclusive and caring education. Their dedication and empathy help students succeed academically and personally, unlocking each child’s potential and promoting a brighter future for all.


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